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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes"

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Weekly curry ‘may fight dementia’ (article)

Weekly curry 'may fight dementia' (article)
Image: Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe here) Not that I need any encouragement, nor am I sure do many of my regular readers, but the BBC ran an article last year touting the benefits of regular curry consumption. Among one of the findings was that a key component in curries (curcumin) can help to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Excerpts:. Curcumin... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

Valentine’s Day Menu 2010

Valentine's Day Menu 2010
Dessert, Valentine’s Day Dinner 2009 – Chaconia Inn Last year, J and I stepped out in style (or so we thought) to the Chaconia Inn for what we hoped would be a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Boy were we wrong. Unfortunately we ended up leaving as quickly as we could (the planning was horrible, seating was cramped, tables too small, lighting bright, music system... 

Yu Sheng/Yee Sang “Rainbow Raw Fish Salad” (recipe)

Yu Sheng/Yee Sang
This post was originally published on February 18, 2009. It has been updated once since then. Prior to last year I had never heard of Yu Sheng (also known as Yee Sang), indeed I only became aware of its existence thanks to research done for a blogging event. As this year the Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day it seemed only fitting to repost this recipe, which is... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts of 2009

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts of 2009
Better late than never, here are the top 10 posts of 2009. 1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. Top 10 Chicken Recipes on You’ve... 

Christine’s Roti Shop – Miami (video)

Happy New Year! It feels like FOREVER 😯 Technical difficulties, health challenges and work whirlwinds have all kept me from being an active presence here over the past two months. The worst of the worst seems to have passed and so I am now ready and excited to return to you! I have some large plans for the site in 2010 so do stay tuned 🙂 Last month CCN TV6 ran a feature on a North Miami Roti... 

Vendor Rivalry (video)

Vendor Rivalry (video)
This video has been making the rounds recently. From the first time I saw it I -knew- I had to share it with y’all 🙂 Created by Trini animator, Ansar Sattar, Vendor Rivalry won Animae Caribe’s 2009 Most Oustanding Caribbean Animation Award. Synopsis: A casual encounter soon escalates into a battle royale, as two local vendors get pushed over the edge. An animated... 

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp
Yes! I’m back! 🙂 A day late for the proper Tuesdays with Dorie post but back nevertheless. Thanks so much for the inquiries and well wishes, I have been dealing with some chronic health issues that flare up from time to time. But now everything seems to be under control again 🙂 And just in time too! I’ve been working hard lately over the last few months to begin losing some extra... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)
1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. A Beer Is A Carib (video) Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll... 

Top 5 Fish Recipes on Trinigourmet (as of September 2009)

Top 5 Fish Recipes on Trinigourmet (as of September 2009)
1. Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe) Accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. 2. Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe) ‘Shark n Bake’ is -the- ultimate beach food here in Trinidad (although it can be bought in other places as well). Its epicentre (where i’ve been told the dish was also first created) is Maracas Bay... 

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It’s Important To Calibrate)

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It's Important To Calibrate)
Do you trust your oven? A lot of times I get questions from readers criticizing how a recipe came out and demanding that I change the instructions or details 🙂 It always somewhat amuses me that clearly -I’m- the one to blame if -their- attempt comes out wrong 🙂 One simple suggestion that I make, and I make it from my own experience, is to always keep a thermometer in your oven. “But... 

TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets
I hate.. hate… HATE when a recipe gets the best of me. It’s a control thing, I freely admit it. But after 3 valiant attempts I must grudgingly, and rather apologetically confess that this deceptively simple dessert beat me bad. The first time I attempted it, the dough was an utter disaster. Via several google searches I learnt that this problem seems to be a common one for bakers in hot,... 

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009
• Lighter Portions: Summer Schlop and Some Culinary Fun Kristie at Lighter Portions used my Vegetarian Potstickers as an inspiration for her wonton wrapper surplus. Her results look divine and I’m glad that she enjoyed them 🙂 She also seems to be interested in more than a few raw recipes, which is always a win for me! Definitely looking forward to following her posts. • Sarah’s... 

Daring Cooks: Gluten-Free Indian Dosas (recipe)

Daring Cooks: Gluten-Free Indian Dosas (recipe)
Finally! I have completed (and posted) a Daring Cooks Challenge on time! I have been cooking along with this most recent adjunct to the Daring Bakers community but have always ended up missing the deadlines for one reason or another. No more! This time around the challenge was Indian Dosas. I’ve made dosas before but this was my first time doing so with gluten-free flour. Two suggested accompaniments... 

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Summit Of The Americas Earlier this year when Trinidad hosted the Summit of the Americas, I came up with the idea to try to cook my way through the recipes of the attending nations. That never quite materialized in the timely manner that I had envisioned. This recipe was one of those. This simple tomato and onion salad is a customary accompaniment to meals in... 

Bussin’ Coconut

Bussin' Coconut
Every now and again I get criticized by a reader for using ‘shortcuts’ in my recipes. Whether it’s a frozen this or a grated that, I’m bound to hear from someone who thinks that unless I grew it, picked it and shelled it myself, I’m really nothing but a lazy bum. Well criticism noted and embraced! I -am- a lazy bum (in my downtime), and I love the conveniences that modern... 

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
It’s been far too long since my last Tuesdays with Dorie post. Truth be told, I think I was extremely disheartened after the disaster that was my attempt at the Coconut-Pineapple Dacquoise. Not that it tasted bad, but I put so much time, energy and money into it, that any disappointment was really too much for me with my stress levels at the level they were at. Now, I’ve cooled off, had... 

Sarina’s Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)

Sarina's Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)
This quick and simple salad is perked up by the addition of slivered stem ginger. Stem ginger is an ingredient that doesn’t get as much love as I think it should. It’s usually found in the baking aisle, but at times I have seen it hiding rather uncomfortably in the aisles that house ‘international ingredients’ and/or random salad dressings. From the Good Food Channel: Preserved... 

Mid-80’s Stag Commercial (video)

In the 80’s there were no two bigger rivals in the local Beer trade than Stag and Carib. Both had ad campaigns using local musical icons and slick marketing campaigns. In the above minimalist ad, Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow waxes poetic on its virtues 🙂 Although in random talks with people Stag seemed to be the sentimental favourite, at the end of the day it was Carib... 

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